The Gift of Gershwin
Jordan von Haslow, vocalist
Chicagoland Pops Orchestra
John Apple, conductor
Blake Allen, arranger
From the Tin Pan Alley to the Hills of Beverly (and innumerable Broadway theatres, private salons and concert halls in between), George Gershwin burnished a legacy of countless refrains spanning classical, folk and popular music. He channeled his unquenchable curiosity and potpourri of influences into a uniquely American sound. Jazz. And the world was never the same.
Gershwin’s prolific output of melodies, including They Can’t Take That Away From Me, How Long Has This Been Going On?, S’wonderful, Embraceable You, Love is Here to Stay, Fascinating Rhythm, A Foggy Day and Swanee helped establish the country’s dominance as a worldwide cultural force.
Gershwin’s trailblazing success is unparalleled. Many of those triumphs remain unsurpassed. Forever altering the course of music, entertainment and the world, tonight we celebrate a genius whose spirit will live on as there is music to be heard.
Celebrating… an incomparable quest for musical excellence and melodic brilliance.
Celebrating… “The man who made an honest woman of Jazz!”
Celebrating… The Gift of Gershwin.